Sowore Emerges As AAC Presidential Candidate, Vows To Defeat ‘Godfathers’

 

Human rights activist Omoyele Sowore has won the African Action Congress (AAC) presidential ticket and has vowed to defeat the godfathers in the 2023 general elections.

He emerged as the party’s flag bearer in the AAC convention held on Thursday in Abuja.

In his acceptance speech, Sowore told the delegates that the party is ready to beat the godfathers and those aiding and abating them.

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“In this election, we are going out to defeat the moneybags. We are going out to defeat the so-called godfathers,” he said during the convention.

“We are going out to defeat the security agencies who have been aiding and abating them.”

Prior to his victory, he had stepped down as the chairman of the party. Recently, the Appeal Court in Abuja affirmed him as the AAC chairman after months of a legal tussle with a faction of the party.

Edo Election: Human Rights Activist, Isokpan Emerges AAC Candidate

AAC Candidate, Edith Isokpan emerges as the party’s candidate ahead of the Edo State governorship election on September 19.

 

Ahead of the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, a human rights activist, Edith Isokpan, has emerged the candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC).

Isokpan, also known as a philanthropist, won the party’s primary election after defeating another aspirant, Uyi Osunde.

The exercise which held on Wednesday in Benin City, the state capital had total votes cast of 179 by delegates accredited to vote.

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While Isokpan polled 162 votes, Osunde got 12 votes.

Following her victory, the AAC candidate commended the party for the matured organisation of the primary.

Updates: Collation Of Rivers Governorship Election Results

 

The much-awaited collation of results from the Rivers State governorship election is underway in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Obo Effanga, has declared the center open and results are beginning to trickle in.

Below are the results so far, for the two leading contenders in the governorship race.


  1. PHALGA LGA

20 Wards,
Registered Voters – 485,238

Accredited Voters – 57,183,

AAC – 11,866

PDP – 40,197

Total Valid Votes – 55,523

Rejected Votes – 1,620

Total Vote Cast – 57,143


2. Ikwerre LGA

13 Wards, Elections did not hold in 2 Wards

Registered Voters – 151,390

Accredited Voters – 22,885

AAC – 5,660

PDP – 14,938

Rejected Votes – 1,125

Total Votes Cast – 22,885


3. Andoni LGA

11 Wards

Total Registered Voters – 124,316

Accredited Voters – 102,959

AAC – 5,335

PDP – 92,056

Total Valid Votes – 101,481

Rejected Votes – 1,446

Total Votes Cast – 102,927


4. Oyigbo LGA

10 Wards

Total Registered Voters – 109,095

Accredited Voters – 42,317

AAC – 32,026

PDP – 8,652

Total Valid Votes 41,984

Total Rejected Votes – 333

Total Votes Cast – 42,317


5. Eleme LGA

10 Wards

2 Wards Cancelled due to Violence

Total Registered Voters – 89,751

Accredited Voters – 16,040

AAC – 2,748

PDP – 9,560

Valid Votes – 14,349

Rejected Votes – 1,691

Total Votes Cast – 16,040

2 Wards Cancelled

Total Registered voters – 27,581
Total Affected Polling Units 24


6. Opobo Nkoro LGA

11 Wards

Total Registered Voters – 52,069

Accredited Voters – 11,468

AAC – 3,888

PDP – 6,314

Total Valid Votes – 10,864

Total Votes Cast – 11,178

Number of Polling Units Cancelled – 19

Registered Voters – 7,030


7. Bonny LGA

12 Wards

2 Wards Cancelled

Total Registered Voters – 59,746

Accredited Voters – 15,830

AAC – 3,046

PDP – 10,551

Total Valid Votes – 14,509

Rejected Votes – 469

Total Cast – 14,978

17 Polling Units Affected with – 12,079


8. Okrika LGA
12 Wards

Total Registered Voters – 73,803

Accredited Voters – 31,609

AAC – 3,803

PDP – 25,572

Total Valid Votes – 31,078

Rejected Votes – 531

Total Votes Cast – 31,609


9. Akuku Toru LGA

Total Registered Voters –  92,577

Accredited Voters –  67,855

AAC – 36,661

PDP – 25,765

Valid Votes – 67,009

Rejected Votes – 706

Votes Cast – 67,715


10. Omuma LGA

10 Wards

Registered Voters – 60,662

Accredited Voters – 18,975

AAC – 1,853

PDP – 15,792

Valid Votes – 18,429

Rejected Votes – 203

Total Votes Cast – 18,623

Polling Units Affected 28 across 8 Wards

Registered Voters – 9,627


11. Tai LGA

10 Wards

No Election in one Ward

Registered Voters – 71,519

Accredited Voters – 50,437

AAC – 540

PDP – 47,652

Valid Votes -49,234

Rejected Votes – 1,203

Total Votes Cast – 50,437

20 Polling Units across 5 Wards with 12,221 registered Voters, were cancelled due to violence


12. Ahoada East LGA

13 Wards

Registered Voters – 82,858

Accredited Voters – 19,575

AAC – 3,713

PDP – 14,589

Valid Votes – 19,125

Rejected Votes – 450

Votes Cast – 19,575


13. Emohua LGA

14 Wards

No Election in 3 Wards

Registered Voters – 124,080

Accredited Voters – 80,724

AAC – 2,856

PDP – 71,522

Valid Votes – 77,619

Rejected Votes – 3,105

Votes Cast – 80,724

Election did not hold in 3 Wards due to widespread violence, with a Voting Population of 22,333, With 43 Polling Units Affected


14. Etche LGA

19 Wards

No Election in 1 of the Wards

Registered Voters – 107,502

Accredited Voters – 22,536

AAC – 7,437

PDP – 11,842

Valid Votes – 20,340

Rejected Votes – 714

Total Votes Cast – 21,054

24 Polling units with 11,118 Registered Voters affected due to violence and hijack of Election Materials.


15. Onelga LGA

17 Wards, Collation done for 13 Wards

Registered Voters – 112,631

Accredited Voters – 43,024

AAC – 8,423

PDP – 31,277

Valid Votes – 41,705

Rejected Votes – 1,319

Votes Cast – 43,024

Elections disrupted in 69 Polling Units with 327,77 Voters by violence, with no results collated.

Rivers AAC Gov Candidate ‘Disappointed’ By Resignation, Defection Of Running Mate

INEC To Resume Collation, Announcement Of Rivers Results In April

 

Rivers State Governorship candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, Biokpomabo Awara has expressed disappointment over the purported resignation of his running mate Akpo Bomba Yeeh and his reported defection to the Peoples’ Democratic Party PDP.

Awara who addressed journalists at a briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, dismissed Yeeh’s ‘compromising’ actions, claiming that he had himself been offered money to drop his ambition, but he rejected it and his deputy was aware.

“When the story of his resignation first came out as a rumour, that Rivers State Governor has offered him N200 million to abandon me, I had no reason to believe it because that Elder Yeeh was aware I had earlier turned down an offer of N3b some days ago.”

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“When the rumour became rife by Sunday, I made several attempts to reach my deputy without success. I started developing some strange feelings pointing to a possible sell-out by him.”

However, Awara stated that he has officially filed a petition to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), against its Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers State, Obo Effanga, whom they accused of gross incompetence and bias.

“My party and all well-meaning citizens of Rivers State are dissatisfied with the gross incompetence of the REC and INEC’s decision to continue with the suspended electoral process, as it is clearly not a fair or transparent process.

“We are concerned about the looming electoral crises unfolding in Rivers State and this may most likely result in a breakdown of law and order, destruction of property and loss of lives.”

 

 

 

Court To Hear AAC’s Suit On Rivers Election March 28

Court To Hear AAC’s Suit On Rivers Election March 28

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned a case on the governorship election in Rivers State till March 28 for hearing.

Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date on Monday following an ex parte motion by the governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in Rivers, Mr Biokpomabo Awara.

In the motion, Awara urged the court to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from concluding the collation and announcement of the result of the poll.

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He claimed that he was the clear winner of the March 9 governorship election in Rivers, having won 15 of the 23 local government areas in the state.

Justice Ekwo had during the last sitting on the suit refused to grant the motion as requested by the AAC candidate, saying it had been overtaken by events.

The adjournment came four days after INEC released a timeline for the governorship and state house of assembly elections in the state.

INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, had told reporters on Thursday last week that the electoral body would resume the collation and announcement of results in Rivers between April 2 and 5.

He added that INEC would conduct supplementary election where necessary, and in some constituencies not affected by litigation on April 13.

Mr Okoye had also said the issuance of all outstanding certificates of return would be concluded on April 19 while INEC would hold an inter-agency security meeting on March 29.

AAC Deputy Governorship Candidate In Rivers Resigns, Joins PDP

Deputy Governorship Candidate Of Rivers APC-Backed Party Resigns, Joins PDP
Mr Akpo Yeeh

 

The deputy governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Mr Akpo Yeeh, has announced his resignation from the party.

Mr Yeeh made the announcement in a letter dated March 25 and addressed to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu.

He, thereafter, said he has decided to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“I write to most respectfully notify you of my resignation from the membership of the African Action Congress (AAC) with effect from today, 25 March 2019 and subsequent defection to the Peoples Democratic Party,” the former deputy governorship candidate said in the letter.

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“Please, note also that by this notice, I cease to be the deputy governorship candidate of the AAC for the 2019 governorship election in Rivers State.”

He explained that he took the decision as a result of the alleged hijack of the party’s structure by a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Mr Yeeh he accused the faction of using the AAC as a platform to subvert the will of the people and causing a crisis in Rivers.

He also alleged that the leadership of the APC faction assured them of victory at all cost, even though his former party did not print posters or field any candidates for the national and state assembly polls.

He said his resignation from AAC and subsequent defection to PDP followed due consultations with his immediate family, friends, and supporters.

The former deputy governorship candidate was received by the National Chairman of the PDP, Mr Uche Secondus, and the state governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, as well as other party leaders at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Read the letter below:

AAC, PDP Differ Over INEC’s Decision On Rivers Elections

AAC, PDP Differ Over INEC’s Decision On Rivers Elections
File Photo: A polling station at Rivers state.

 

The African Action Congress (AAC) in Rivers State has condemned the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to resume the process in the Governorship and House of Assembly elections held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 in the state.

The electoral umpire had announced its decision on Friday night, after receiving the report of its investigation committee set up to probe the violence and other electoral infractions that led to the suspension of the poll on Sunday, March 10.

But the AAC in a statement on Saturday rejected INEC’s claim “that governorship and state assembly elections results were available for seventeen (17) LGAs”.

“Sadly, we are curiously surprised and disappointed that INEC deliberately refused to name the 17 local government areas.

“As far as this information is concerned, it is manifestly false and the attempt to shroud the LGAs claimed to have results in secrecy is a serious step by INEC to sway the outcome of the process in favour of Gov. Nyesom Wike, its preferred candidate,” the party stated.

In the statement, signed by its Publicity Secretary in the state, Felix William, the AAC asked INEC to declare its candidate winner of the governorship election, saying that “it was glaring that he was winning until INEC stepped in to halt the process apparently to save Wike from an earth-shaking defeat”.

However, in its reaction, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state welcomed the pronouncement by INEC on the elections “as substantial representation of the true state of the electoral process before the suspension.

“However, we wish to draw the INEC’s attention to the fact that in addition to the 17 Local Government Areas with fully collated results, the elections also successfully held and results declared at the unit and ward levels in five of the six other Local Government Areas where full collation of results is still pending,” stated the PDP.

The PDP commended INEC for, in its words, “standing by the truth and for its courage and principled determination to ensure that the votes of the people of Rivers State as freely and overwhelmingly expressed on the 9th of March 2019 in favour of the PDP effectively count.”

It also applauded Nigerian Army authorities for setting up a committee to investigate the alleged involvement of soldiers in the process that led to the suspension of the elections in Rivers State, as well as the alleged assassination attempt on Governor Wike by soldiers.